An active duty Marine and Janesville native was killed Tuesday morning in a stabbing at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, north of San Diego.
Officials with the base confirm Private First Class Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, 18, was killed after an incident involving another infantry member, who has not been named. That Marine is in custody.
Barclay-Weberpal’s father, Scott Weberpal, shared a Facebook post also confirming his son’s death, saying “with excruciating sadness and tears” his son was stabbed and killed.
The family issued an official statement to media:
As you are now aware, our son, PFC Ethan Barclay-Weberpal was killed during an incident at Camp Pendleton, California on the morning of January 16, 2018. We would first like to say that we appreciate the support shown by family, friends and the U.S. Marine Corps during this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us.
We have gotten many requests from local and national media and are issuing this release as our formal response to those requests. We ask that our privacy is respected while we come to terms with this awful tragedy. We will make ourselves available for comment when we are ready to do so.
Ethan was an amazing young man. He never wavered from his will to serve his country as a U.S. Marine. Regardless of the circumstances, he was always ready to take on the next challenge. Ethan had a loyal and genuine heart. He loved his family and friends dearly, and was a wonderful big brother to his 4 younger siblings. His faith in God made him as spiritually strong as his commitment to the Marines made him physically and mentally strong. He has made us all very proud! He will be dearly missed.
According to the Janesville-Gazette, Barclay-Weberpal attended schools in the Janesville School District from first grade through first semester of freshman year at Parker High School. He then returned for his second semester of sophomore year before transferring out of state, where he graduated from a Michigan high school.
Barclay-Weberpal enlisted in the Marines in July 2017 and was stationed at Camp Pendleton. It is the largest military base on the West Coast, with more than 42,000 active duty personnel.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is handling the investigation into the stabbing. The name of the Marine in custody will not be released until that investigation is complete, which is standard procedure.